Budget 2014-2015 Budget Overview
Tabled paper 832
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Tabled by David Tollner
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12 BUDGET 2014-15 Budget Overview Community Safety The 2014-15 Budget commits $709 million to reducing crime and increasing community safety for all Territorians. The Territory Government continues to focus on all areas of law and order, including reducing alcohol-related crime, as well as property offences, house break-ins, theft and property damage. Community Safety Northern Territory Domestic and Family Violence Reduction Strategy The Northern Territory Domestic and Family Violence Reduction Strategy will be implemented in 2014, addressing domestic violence by focusing on prevention, earlyintervention, protection, rebuilding the lives of victims and their children, as well as accountability and positive change for perpetrators. Mandatory Rehabilitation The Territory Government continues to provide support for mandatory rehabilitation for problem drinkers. Since inception, more than 300 people have been assessed and provided with medical withdrawal and rehabilitation services. The 2014-15 Budget provides for the establishment of custom-designed mandatory rehabilitation facilities, including: the Darwin services transferring to a facility in Berrimah, following its refurbishment into a therapeutic environment; a secure treatment facility in Katherine to complement expanded assessment capacity at Katherine Hospital; assessment and treatment facilities being developed in TennantCreek; and increased capacity in Alice Springs. Strengthening Police Services The 2014-15 Budget also continues to support frontline policing through technology and facility upgrades including: installation of five new CCTV cameras at the Elizabeth River boat ramp, which will also be monitored by the CCTV Unit in Darwin; $4.34 million to continue to operate 24/7 front counter services at the AliceSprings Police Station, as well as upgrade and support the NorthernTerritory Joint Emergency Services Communication Centre (JESCC) to build on significant improvements in answer times over the past year. The funding includes $1.5million to continue refurbishment of facilities at JESCC and additional technological resources to allow police to be dispatched to incidents electronically via new tablets; and $3.96 million for continued upgrades for information, communication and technology systems, including $0.91million to upgrade the NT Fire Alarm System Transmission. A further $0.466 million is provided in 2014-15 for a Water Police program to provide marine ranger training. Youth Support The 2014-15 Budget focuses on improving youth justice facilities and services to help reduce the number of young people at risk of offending and re-offending with the development of the Youth Justice Framework and includes: $9.75 million for youth detention across the Territory to provide a safe, structured, secure and supportive environment for young offenders; and $5.65 million for early intervention targeted youth programs including boot camps and community-based diversion programs for young people at risk of entering, or in, the youth justice system.